All of a sudden, there is this compelling video popping up like crazy on FB. Tonight rather than going to bed like I said I was, I watched the 30 minute video and was blown away. I was ready to sign on the dotted line. I typed my email address and zip code on the pledge form and was about to click the Pledge Now button when a nagging little voice inside asked me, “What do you really knew about this? After all, you never even heard of Joseph Koney until just 30 minutes ago. Now you are ready to sign a petition? Really?”
This is what I knew:
- I just watched a very compelling video.
- The presentation persuaded me that something must be done about Joseph Koney
- I was persuaded that I could play a small part.
- I felt empowered to make a difference in the world
The nagging voice said, “Exactly! You don’t know anything except what you just saw. Isn’t it at least worth a google search first?” I searched for “kony2012”. In the first four results were two sites with a negative spin. I looked at the first one with skepticism. the site is named Jezebel, which was a turn off. But I had already decided that Kony2012 was a great cause and anyone who was against them must have an agenda. Wow, I had already turned off my brain before I started.
Search result #4 was from the Huffington Post, a reliable news outlet. Hmmm. I skimmed the article and got a little better picture of what is going on. However, this quote woke me from my slumber:
The little voice inside me said, “Thank you for listening to me.” While I was ready to blindly follow these folks because of the compelling nature of this video, the red flags were waving in my mind like crazy. My lizard brain did not want to pay attention, but fortunately I was eventually able to settle down and rationally decide that this could wait until tomorrow at least.
Now that I have thought about it for a little while, I feel manipulated and find myself skeptical of the whole thing. If past performance is an indicator, this will end with inaction on my part. I am not proud of that. I truly want to stop people like Koney. I want to make the world a better place, but sometimes helping hurts. It is vital to understand the person, group, nation, world that you want to help before you try to help. Otherwise, you will not truly understand what the real needs are. Understanding the history and culture is essential to making an effective impact. You cannot get that kind of understanding from watching a video designed to compel you to action when you are sleepy.
The video is absolutely worth watching. It is important on many levels. I urge you to watch it and then before responding, take at least 30 minutes (the length of the video) to think about it and consider other opposing views. See the video here: http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com